The San Diego Padres surprised many in 2020, becoming a contender and look to contend for years beyond. Manny Machado is signed longterm, as is Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers. Fernando Tatis Jr., Chris Paddack, Dinelson Lamet and Jake Cronenworth are one of the most talented young cores in the game. Thus, the Padres went all in at the deadline, one of few teams to do so.
One major piece they brought in was Mitch Moreland. At the time of the acquisiton, he was hitting a gaudy .328 to a 1.117 OPS, yet hit a pedestrian .203 to a .609 OPS as a Padre.
The 35 year old veteran was set to make $3M had the Friars picked up his option, but will now test the open market as a commodity. He’s not too far removed from an All-Star 2018 season. Over his career between the Rangers, Red Sox and Padres, he’s hit to a .767 OPS.